2018 Ford F-150 Review

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2018 Ford F-150 Overview

The F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the United States for 40 years straight, but new updates for 2018 reveal that Ford isn’t letting America’s favorite rest on its laurels. More optional and standard equipment has been added for next year, as well as a new turbodiesel V6 engine and some cosmetic tweaks, and an almost dizzying array of options and packages remain available. Exterior updates for the 2018 F-150 include new tail lights, a reworked front grille, 6 wheel designs that range in size from 17 to 22 inches, and a unique wide tailgate applique for the Limited, Platinum, and King Ranch trim levels.

The biggest update to the 2018 F-150 lies under its aluminum hood. In place of the old 3.5-liter V6 engine is a 3.3-liter V6, which makes the same 282 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque but uses direct injection for increased efficiency. Other powertrain options include an all-new 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 to replace last year’s V6 of the same size, a largely unchanged 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, and a brand-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6, whose welcome addition further broadens the already wide appeal of the F-150. The biggest motor, meanwhile, remains the 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8, which Ford promises will bring more horsepower and torque for 2018. The three turbos and the 5.0-liter V8 are all mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, co-developed with General Motors, that also appears in the 2018 Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1. There’s no word yet on the performance-oriented Raptor version of the 2018 F-150, but that trim should be announced soon.

The interior of the 2018 Ford F-150 will be familiar to anyone who’s been inside the 2017 model, although the audio and climate control knobs have been moved around. Platinum and Limited trim levels receive some new interior color schemes for 2018, and both the XLT Sport and Lariat Sport can be ordered with a carbon-fiber-like interior trim. The luxurious King Ranch trim gets revised leather upholstery, and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system is an available upgrade.

While some of the lower-priced F-150 trim levels feel almost utilitarian, the upper trims rival those of luxury cars with their high-tech features and premium appointments. The F-150 is available in three cab styles: the 2-door Regular, the extended SuperCab, and the 4-door SuperCrew. The SuperCab and SuperCrew variants offer ample seating for up to 6 people, with split-folding rear seats for additional storage space. Higher trims receive a large center console between the front seats, complete with USB ports and power outlets for charging smartphones or even running power tools. As for the bed, buyers can select a length of 5.5, 6.5, or 8 feet and add extra features like loading ramps, LED lights, or a bed-stop.

The 2017 F-150 was the only truck to be named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and to get 5 stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Plenty of cutting-edge active safety features are available, including blind-spot monitors, rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, and adaptive cruise control.

Much of the reason the F-150 is so popular is because of its configurability. There are literally thousands of ways to build your F-150, from basic work truck to $70,000 luxury hauler. The XL and XLT trim levels offer the most basic, utilitarian interiors and are available in any bed or cab size. The Lariat is limited to the SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations and a V8 or V6 turbo engine, and this trim level adds numerous comfort and safety features. The famous King Ranch trim is even more luxurious, with saddle leather upholstery with contrast stitching, heated power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, LED headlights, and exterior chrome trim. The Platinum gets power running boards, a power tailgate, wood trim, and navigation. The range-topping Limited trim, meanwhile, adds a moonroof (only on the SuperCrew variant), a surround-view camera, 22-inch wheels, and its own unique grille.

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Andrew Newton first got into cars through vintage racing a Formula Vee. After receiving history degrees, he followed his passion for cars and became a contributor for sites like Sports Car Digest, BoldRide.com and JamesEdition.com in addition to serving as Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA. Andrew currently covers the collector car market full time as Auction Editor for Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.

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